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Six arrested in illegal taxi clampdown at Christmas

PUBLISHED: 16:57 06 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:46 07 September 2010

A CRACKDOWN on illegal taxi touting in Camden was carried out by police in the run-up to Christmas. The two-day operation saw six arrests for taxi-touting and other driving offences and the seizure of four vehicles with no insurance. Four of those arreste

A CRACKDOWN on illegal taxi touting in Camden was carried out by police in the run-up to Christmas.

The two-day operation saw six arrests for taxi-touting and other driving offences and the seizure of four vehicles with no insurance.

Four of those arrested were alleged to not be licensed in any way and had no insurance, and one driver did not even appear to have a driving licence.

Acting Sgt Ben Roberts, who led the operation, said: "This was a proactive operation to target illegal taxi touting in Camden Town.

"All mini-cabs must be booked in advance, either over the phone or directly from a mini-cab office.

"It's illegal to tout for business and people need to be aware that these drivers can sometimes have no insurance, drive defective vehicles and some may have never obtained a driving licence.

"We encourage people to use licensed mini-cabs, taxis, night buses or the tube, in order to get home safely."

The operation was part of the London-wide Safer Travel at Night (STAN) campaign which is primarily aimed at women travelling home late at night from pubs, clubs and bars.


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